Phantoms of the Past: Slavery, Resistance, and Memory in the Atlantic World places undergraduate student researchers at the center of new transatlantic and collaborative network that will explore 18th and 19th-century slavery and antislavery movements through histories, texts, images, and cultural memory. The core of the project is a co-funded plan for research based, short-term student exchanges between the partner universities of Huron and Bath Spa University.

How are interconnected histories of transatlantic slavery and antislavery remembered, forgotten, commemorated, and ignored? What are slavery’s sites of memory, and how does the meaning of memory shift over time? How can our research on slavery, history, and “sites of memory” shape our understanding of race, identity and freedom in contemporary Canada and Britain?

Research outcomes will include digital exhibits and archives; co-authored faculty-student scholarship on text, places, and visual sources as sites of memory; open-access publication of student reflection papers; steps toward a geotagged mapping of local “sites of memory”using performative walking practices and linked social media; and a public symposium for Huron and Bath Spa student researchers, community partners, and secondary school students on March 24, 2017.

Beyond the immediate research and community outcomes, Phantoms of the Past will build a more stable institutional framework for future student research mobility between our universities, and collaboration among our community partners. We anticipate using this transformative research pedagogy in future collaborations across disciplines and faculties at Huron to build on what we are able to accomplish in one academic year.

The project is supported by Bath Spa University; the W. Galen Weston Fund for British History at Huron; a Huron Pilot Research Fund grant held by Drs. Bell, Brooks and Reid-Maroney; additional support from RBC Foundation and the Trish Fulton Community-Based Learning Fund.